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February 27th, 2015

New planning director eager to return to Catawba Co.

February 27, 2015

"I'm eager to see what things are happening in Newton," said City of Newton's new Planning Director Randy Williams.

On Feb. 25, Williams officially took seat as the city's new Planning Director.

Williams, 53, first got a feel for the job that he's in now in 1991 when he began working with the City of Conover as their Director of Planning and Economic Development.

School's Out

February 27, 2015

For many students, snow days serve as a carefree day of freedom from class that can be spent sledding, building snowmen or sipping hot chocolate. But for more than 1,300 students across Catawba County’s three school systems — Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools — snow days could mean a day without food.

Winter storm yields five inches of snow in Catawba County

February 27, 2015

“This is the kind of snow that I like,” said 44-year-old Joan Wilder as she gets ready to put the eyes and nose on a snowman with her kids. “It is here today, and gone tomorrow.”

February 26th

Hickory native Will Simms competes on SURVIVOR

February 27, 2015

Graduating as an Indian from St. Stephens High School, Will Simms II knows something about being a part of a tribe.

Now, the Hickory native is trying to outwit, outplay and outlast 17 other contestants on the 30th season of the CBS show SURVIVOR for a chance to claim the $1 million prize.

Simms was shocked when he found out he was chosen for the show.

PREP BASKETBALL: Snow halts Thursday games

February 26, 2015

Snow in the area once again cancelled first-round boys and girls playoff basketball games in Catawba County.

Below is an updated list of games and their times:

2A girls basketball
Bunker Hill at Wilkes Central, postponed to 5 p.m. Friday
Maiden at North Wilkes, postponed to 5 p.m. Friday
Shelby at Bandys, postponed to 5 p.m. Friday

2A boys basketball

February 25th

Teams stay ready despite lengthy absence from court

February 25, 2015

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers once sang that “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Nine of Catawba County’s prep boys and girls basketball teams can echo that sentiment.

Having not played in nearly two weeks, area prep basketball teams are remaining calm through the storms and preparing for the moment they finally compete.

BREAKING: Playoff games postponed yet again

February 25, 2015

Below is an updated schedule of playoff basketball games following winter weather in and around Catawba County on Wednesday:

2A girls basketball
Bunker Hill at Wilkes Central, postponed to 5 p.m. Thursday
Maiden at North Wilkes, postponed to 4 p.m. on Thursday
Shelby at Bandys, postponed to TBD on Thursday

2A boys basketball

Truck overturns on slick roads

February 25, 2015

Snow-dusted roadways made for a slippery commute in Catawba County early Tuesday morning. Around 7 a.m., Conover Fire Department responded to a traffic accident on Conover Boulevard East near the intersection of Emmanuel Church Road where a red pickup truck had overturned down an embankment. When officials arrived on scene, the driver was entrapped in the vehicle.

Second Round of Snow

February 25, 2015

County school buses were dusted with a fluffy snow on Tuesday and were cautioned not to hit the roads. Around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, parents received calls from area school systems announcing a two hour delay for students. As flakes began to fall across Catawba County, school was called off for the third day in two weeks due to inclement weather.

Claremont receives building reuse grant

February 25, 2015

The City of Claremont was recently awarded $240,000 in grant funds from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The funds will be used toward the states Building Reuse Program and will support the reuse of a 10,000 sq. ft. building that owned by Prysmian Cables and Systems USA, LLC.

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